Pastor Russ announced his semi-retirement earlier this year
and he concluded his call with Emmanuel on April 30.
The Search & Call process is underway.
The Rev. Russell D. Clark, Pastor
Pastor Russ was born in Moscow, Idaho, and grew up in Colfax, Wash., a small wheat-farming town on the east side of the state. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1976 and attended Whitworth University, a small Presbyterian liberal arts school in Spokane, WA. In 1980 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in History, a minor in English and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. He spent three years substitute teaching and doing church camping and youth work at a small UCC church in Spokane.
He graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pa., in 1986. As a student, he completed three years as an intern at Peace UCC in Denver, Pa. Pastor Russ was ordained in October 1986 and in 2016 celebrated 30 years of ordained ministry.
Pastor Russ has served churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference, Penn Southeast Conference and Penn Central Conference. He has been an active volunteer for the Conference, Association and Ecumenical organizations and in the community. Prior to coming to Emmanuel, he served Newport UCC in Newport, Wash., where he also volunteered in 4th and 6th grade classrooms in two local elementary schools and as a member of the Eastside Committee on Ministry for the Pacific NW Conference.
Pastor Russ’s interests include traveling, gardening, anything historical, church choir, reading (mostly history) art (particularly Renaissance and Impressionist), music (especially Baroque and Classical) attending the symphony and opera when possible, church potlucks and being invited to dinner.Pastor Russ’s partner is Jamis Reilly, who goes by "Jay" or "Reilly," who is a Spokane native. He has two sons, Schane, 28, who lives in Santa Ana, Calif., and Andrew, 27, who lives in Baltimore. Pastor Russ also has a very spoiled Bichon Frise dog named Eli.
Don Horneff, Organist and Director of Music
Don is a versatile musician on organ, piano, harpsichord and Clavinova and enjoys playing many styles of music. Don grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., where his family promoted music. He received a degree in music education at Elizabethtown College and taught instrumental music in Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools. He also performed for 17 years in a variety of musical settings throughout the mid-Atlantic region with Music by Just Us. He was also a recording artist for PianoDisc. In 1981, he began operating a piano tuning and rebuilding service which he continues to maintain in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Since 1991, Don has been a member of the music faculty at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., teaching piano lab, harpsichord, electronic music (MIDI), and brass pedagogy. Don performs frequently with Chamber Music on the Hill in residence at McDaniel College, and regularly joins David Kreider in selections for two pianos. Don is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).
Jamie Brown, Choir Director
Jamie Brown found joy in most aspects of music coursework at York College—music theory, pedagogy, music history, instrumental and choral conducting and music analysis—but conducting became her passion. Building a career in the classroom beginning in 2002, Jamie has experienced challenge and success. As an instrumental and vocal music teacher in Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools, Jamie has worked with different ages and grade levels of students—elementary, middle and high school. Currently a music teacher at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown, Md., Jamie is often reminded of what it takes to "grow a musician." She values her role in facilitating growth and she gives ownership in the final performance. Jamie likes the feeling of producing music from notes on paper—bringing voices together in harmony to make full sounds. In December, Jamie directs the community orchestra for the Annual Carol Sing at Emmanuel. In March 2012, she was guest conductor of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra for "A Night at the Carnival." In June 2014, she conducted the choir at the Penn Central Conference annual meeting in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Sandy Topper and
2019 CONSISTORY OFFICERS
Vice President--Alec Sivel
Jess Beavers, Andy Crone, Brian Frederick, Tom Daryman, Cheryl Fritz, Susan Hoke,
Laura Kemp, Ann Kress, Lisa Moore, Judy Morris, Chuck Siegel, Alec Sivel